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Oklahoma City, OK – Through official proclamation, Governor Brad Henry joined 38 states in declaring June as Great Outdoors Month. In celebration, Oklahomans are urged to visit a state park and take advantage of the services and value offered at these facilities.


Finding a state park, hiking trail, campground, lake or golf course is easy with the new Oklahoma Outdoor Recreation Guide. This brochure is hot-off-the-press and filled with information for outdoor enthusiasts. The guide is free and can be ordered on or by calling an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 800-652-6552.


“Oklahoma enjoys the nation’s most diverse terrain, mile for mile, with an outstanding network of state parks,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “Great Outdoors Month and our new Outdoor Recreation Guide are reminders for families to get out and experience the affordable and memorable recreational opportunities we have all across the state.”


     The convenience and amenities a state park lodge room or cabin offer creates an atmosphere of at-home comfort while providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and exercise in the great outdoors. Hiking trails, bike trails, swim beaches, ball fields, tennis courts, equestrian facilities and recreational programs within the parks provide a variety of ways to experience Oklahoma’s diverse terrain and beautiful landscapes.


     In addition, our seven state park golf courses are open year-round to golfers regardless of age and skill level. Gas-powered golf carts are available at all seven courses, but additional exercise would be beneficial to players who choose to walk the course with a pull-cart during play.


     This summer, instead of watching nature programs on television, take a trip to a state park nature center where naturalists offer educational programs for youth groups and children of any age. Make a hike along a nature trail a fun and educational adventure by identifying varieties of plant and animal species along the way.


State park visitors can also appreciate a clean and healthy quality of life by keeping the parks clean and green, removing excess litter from campsites, along the shoreline, in picnic areas, and other areas within the parks.


More ideas for outdoor recreation can be found at or by ordering the new Oklahoma Outdoor Recreation Guide.


The Great Outdoors Month initiative is led by the American Recreation Coalition, American Hiking Society, Association of Marina Industries, Children and Nature Network, National Wildlife Federation, National Association of State Park Directors, National Recreation and Park Association, and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Proclamations from President Obama and many state Governors for Great Outdoors Week (June 7-12) and Great Outdoors Month can be read and downloaded at:



The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit or follow us at and